Sisters and Brothers,
Brother Nick Garcia is asking for your help in his family's time of need. His niece Ariella was in a car accident on Monday, 11/06/17, and she just couldn't make it through surgery. She passed away on 11/07/17. As we all know this is far too young and no one ever plans for something like this to happen. Any donation would really help the family with funeral expenses. The family has a Go Fund Me account set up for the funeral costs, any donation will help. We have a direct link below
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Continuing with our tradition we will have a pair of tickets for each member that brings in at least two item non perishable food to benefit our community food drive.
November 22, 2017 January 14, 2018 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. nightly
Zoo Lights shines with millions of lights, a three-story lighted tree, hundreds of glimmering lights displays, lakeside Music-in-Motion shows and more! Stingray Bay* | Carousel and Camel Rides* | Dinosaurs in the Desert* | Photos with Santa Claus
Snowfall Nightly at 7 p.m. | Festive Food & Drinks*
Below are suggested items for your donation:
Tuna or other canned meats,
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Rice, Noodles, Baking Mixes, Dried or canned Beans
Fruits, Vegetables, Soup, & Pasta/Tomato Sauce
Any non-perishable food items Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, laundry soap, etc.
Baby Formula & Diapers (sizes 3, 4 & 5)
Please bring in your donations between November 13th through December 19th
Food can be dropped off at the AFSCME 2384 office at: 3636 N. 15th Avenue Phoenix (15th Ave & Osborn) 6am -4:30pm Monday thru Friday. 602-230-2301
On July 1, 2017, year two of the MOU agreement between AFSCME 2384 and the City of Phoenix, the economic value of the concessions being restored will equal 1.0%. 1. The remaining 16 hours of unpaid holiday are now restored. No more unpaid holidays 2. Restoration of overtime pay for the 12 Hour Rule. 3. A restoration of .54% in the deferred Compensation Plan raising it to a total 2.19%.
As of July 1, 2017 as part of our concessions, we have gained back the 12 Hour Rule. This rule states that if an employee has to return back to work and has not received 12 consecutive hours of rest, the employee will be compensated. In addition, when an employee is assigned and works two (2) eight (8) hour shifts, and/or two (2) ten (10) hour shifts, or any combination of the two shifts, the second of which commences less than twelve (12) hours after the regularly scheduled conclusion of the first, that amount of time falling within said twelve (12) hour period is deemed overtime for purposes of Section 3-2 D. However, that such twelve (12) hour rule does not apply to regular shift change situations, relief positions, and positions in the classification of Auditorium Worker at the Civic Plaza. The twelve (12) hour rule also does not apply if an employee works less than a full shift either before or after his/her regular shift.
Have you checked your files lately? You might be surprised by what you find. Medical information, expired supervisory counseling memos, documentation of situations you never knew occurred, these are just a few examples from this month. Everyone should take a few minutes to review their Department and Supervisor files annually to ensure that only appropriate documents are present. Call us, an AFSCME representative will gladly explain the process.
Remember in Section 4-2, when a unit member works overtime of two (2) hours or more in addition to their work shift, they are entitled to an additional fifteen (15) minute break. Every additional two (2) hours of overtime will entitle an employee to an additional fifteen (15) minute break.
After four (4) consecutive hours of overtime, a unit member shall be entitled to a paid meal break of thirty (30) minutes, but in no event shall a unit member be entitled to more than one such break for every eight (8) consecutive hours of overtime.
In Section 3-5 of our MOU - Shift Differential Pay, unit members shall receive ninety cents ($0.90) per hour in addition to their regular rate of pay when working a night shift which ends at or after 9:00 p.m., and before midnight, and one dollar and twenty five cents ($1.25) per hour in addition to their regular rate of pay when working a night shift which includes work during the period after midnight to 4:00 a.m.
Members shall receive shift premium pay for only hours scheduled and worked, not while on paid leave.
We have been receiving calls about the differential pay and how it should be paid out. If you believe you have not been paid correctly, please contact the Hall.
We would like to remind all members that if you sustain an injury on the job to make your initial visit with Concentra Medical Facility for a diagnosis, then make your second visit directly with your primary care physician for treatment. If you make a second visit to Concentra your case will be locked in with them as your primary physician for your injury. Concentra has historically sent employees back to work with restrictions. This also gives the City of Phoenix the right to place you in a light duty position for the duration of your injury. You must then comply with all of the City’s rules and regulations regarding attendance and call-in procedures. You could petition to The Industrial Commission of Arizona by submitting a request to change doctors, however, the process is lengthy and may not yield the results you are after. Some of our members have sustained injuries that should have had them out of work while getting the necessary treatment. Our members have had more success going to their own primary care physicians on the second visit while bypassing Concentra’s medical facilities. In doing so, they have receiving the proper diagnosis and more accurate treatment. If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend that you contact your Union Hall immediately for assistance and direction.
Roy Rodriguez - WSD Thomas Kubina - WSD Brian Mikalowsky - Aviation Jose Ortiz -WSD Vincent Justice - Aviation Erick Searfoss - WSD Luis Navarro - Aviation Shawn McMahon - Aviation Adam Ward - Public Works
$25 recruitment incentive for Signing Up New Members.
Our prayers are with the family of AFSCME brother, Bryan Cross, who recently passed away. Bryan was a technician for Traffic and Signals Department.
There have been a lot of concerns from our members regarding B.E. time and how to properly track or use time. We have attended several training sessions at different departments and unfortunately there are a lot more questions than answers at this point. What we do know is that starting in July each employee accrued 10 hours of BI time that can be used as B.E. Each following month the 10 hours of B.I. accrued will be eligible for B.E. usage up to 40 hours for the calendar year. B.E. time can be used to care for yourself or another person. The employee does not have to provide a reason for the absence other than B.E., but a supervisor may ask. B.E. can be used in increments as small as 15 minutes. This is where it seems the training differs depending on who is teaching. The best recommendation at this point is to put the time in and then we respond accordingly. If you have questions or concerns about your rights, please call the office. We will be working with H.R. and the other labor groups to develop a final version of the A.R. and B.E. rules. The deadline for this version is December 31st, so expect more changes between now and then.
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Across the country Americans are facing an out-of-balance economy that favors the wealthy while wages remain stagnant for everyone else. Working families are struggling to get ahead and public services are under attack. AFSCME PEOPLE, our Union’s political action fund, provides us with an opportunity to stand together to protect the benefits and rights we’ve won in our workplaces and in our communities. We must take an active role to elect politicians who advocate for issues that are important to working families, like the need to balance the economy, defend workers’ rights, secure workers’ benefits, invest in public services, and ensure a secure retirement for all. By contributing you can help elect local, state and federal candidates who will fight for us and the issues we care about the most. Call the hall we will be glad to assist you.
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Report Pot Holes 602-262-6441
Report Water Leaks 602-261-8000
Mike Simpson and William Ireland from the Aviation Department.
What should I do if I get a Notice of Inquiry (NOI)? If you receive an NOI, contact your Site Steward or call the Hall immediately. Do not submit a response without first contacting your Site Steward or the Hall. We are here to assist you in writing your response and make sure you receive all the rights you deserve.